About Us

Learn more about the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center.


Descriptions of completed and in-progress health workforce studies by the WWAMI RHRC.


Links to findings from research studies by the WWAMI RHRC.


Presentations and posters from research studies by the WWAMI RHRC

About Us

The WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) is one of seven rural health research centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to perform policy-oriented research on issues related to rural health care. The WWAMI RHRC, which was established in the fall of 1988, is based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and works closely with the state departments of health and Area Health Education Centers in the five WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) as well as other researchers and policymakers across the United States and internationally.

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Recent Publications

Spetz J, Skillman SM, Andrilla CH Nurse Practitioner Autonomy and Satisfaction in Rural Settings Medical Care Research & Review pii: 1077558716629584Read More
Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Fenton S, Morrison C Access to Health Information Technology Training Programs at the Community College Level Seattle. WA: WWAMI Rural Health Center, University of Washington Policy Brief #151Read More
Doescher MP, Keppel GA Dentist supply, dental care utilization, and oral health among rural and urban U.S. residents Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington Final Report #135Read More

Recent Presentations

Patterson DG Characteristics of rural vs. urban community paramedicine programs and a summary of the evidence available on their outcomes Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, 2015 Rural Health Summit, Portland, ORRead More
Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Schmitz D, Longenecker R, Skillman SM Person, program or place? Family physicians choosing rural practice AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Minneapolis, MNRead More
Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Stover B Experiences Using the National Provider Identifier (NPI) for Health Workforce Research Webinar for the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center, State University of New York, Albany, NYRead More